STEM Opportunities:
High School and College

scholarships * internships * competitions

Thinking about a career as a coastal geologist, engineer, or nearshore oceanographer? The Coastal Universities Guide is an interactive map-based tool for high school or college students looking for an undergraduate or graduate coastal program.  View the Guide


  • MATE/UNOLS Long Term - The MATE Internship Program is accepting applications for Marine Technical Land-Based opportunities in 2021. MATE At-Sea Internships have been postponed to 2022. 
  • NASA Internships - Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Applications for Spring and Summer 2022 will open on October 1, 2021.
  • Northwest Fisheries Science Center - Career training opportunities at the headquarters in Seattle, WA and at five research stations throughout Washington and Oregon for high school, undergraduate, and graduate student interns.
  • Ocean Exploration Trust - Paid science and engineering intern positions for undergraduate and graduate students entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mapping, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. Sign up to receive information about how to apply to join the 2021 season.
  • Schmidt Ocean Institute - Undergraduate and graduate students take part in seagoing oceanographic research on board the R/V Falkor. Sign up to be contacted when the next applications will be accepted.

Coastal students were on the R/V Oceanus Sept 12-15, 2019 - Learn more


  • JASE/JSEP Polar Programs - Apply to work in multicultural teams and explore polar science in some of Earth’s most remote environments, Greenland and Antarctica. All student expenses are covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications due January 31, 2019
  • Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program - A paid summer mentoring program to educate and inspire high school students about fisheries science and management. Applications due February 15, 2021. Download a 2021 flyer * brochure
  • New Beginnings for Tribal Students in Oregon - Native American students in undergraduate natural science programs at OSU or SWOCC can apply for $2000 to support participation in student summer internships. Apply by May 1, 2021.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium - High school students volunteer as youth aquarium interpreters or as correspondents for the Oceanscape Network.
  • Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience internships - This summer internship matches undergraduate students with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. Apply by April 20, 2020.
  • Sea Grant Summer Scholars - This 10-week program places high-caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with a variety of Oregon-based host organizations. The next application deadline will be February 2021.
  • Soul River Inc - This nonprofit organization recruits veterans as mentors for inner city youth, helping them become leaders for environmental justice. Students age 14-18 can apply to participate in a summer deployment. Applications are due by February 15, 2021.
  • William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship - This paid summer internship from NOAA is for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students, and focuses on research and/or operational experiences related to weather and climate science. Applications are due by February 1, 2021.


  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship - Provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors majoring in STEM fields. Deadline for nomination varies from September to January; check with your institution. 
  • NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships include those that provide tuition support up to $9500 per year for junior and senior year of college. In addition, they offer paid summer internships at NOAA facilities across the country, summer stipends, housing and travel allowances. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens enrolled in an undergraduate program or are transferring to a 4 year college from a community college. The 2022 application period will open September 1. 
         >Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
         >Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Science Ambassador Scholarship - A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Sign up to be notified when applications will open for 2022.
  • Zonta Coos Bay Scholarships - Students in the Coos Bay area are encouraged to apply for scholarships in STEM, technology, CTE, business, and more. Applications are typically due March - May. 


See a list of competitions that normally take place during the school year, including events for teams, individuals, school-affiliated competitions and out-of-school opportunities.


  • 4-H Youth in Action Awards - 4-H students are invited to share how 4-H changed their lives and how they used the skills in 4-H to change the lives of others. One of the categories is STEM.
  • Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship - $10,000 annually renewable college scholarships awarded to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Apply by March 12, 2020.
  • MTS Marine Studies Scholarship - Each year MTS awards significant scholarship funding to college graduate, undergraduate, and senior high school students who have been accepted into full-time marine-related programs with a focus on marine technology, marine engineering, or marine science. Applicant must be an MTS member (student memberships cost $25 per year). Apply by April 15, 2021.
  • Northwest Scientific Association Scholarships - Awards annual grants to support student research in the pure and applied sciences conducted in northwestern North America. Research grants of up to $750 are available to winning high school or undergraduate proposals. Proposals due February 16, 2020.
  • Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium - Up to $1000 for STEM students in community college or 4 year undergraduate institutions. Apply by June 19, 2020.
  • Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society - Provides annual $2000 scholarships for fisheries scholars at the undergraduate level and higher. Each year, the deadline to apply is December 31.
  • Oregon State University College of Engineering Scholarships - Includes a Dean's Scholarship for first year engineering and computer science students, and an award for students who participated in FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge in high school. Most applications due by February.
  • Pathways to Science - Find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
  • Computer Science Online  - Lists a variety of scholarships available in the field of computer science.
  • Discover Data Science - Lists a variety of scholarships available for women in the field of data science.